Elizabeth & Clarke is a women’s clothing subscription box all about polished, cute tops. They began with the mission of perfecting and extrapolating on the idea of the plain white shirt—though you'll now find pops of classic colors in their designs, the company is still dedicated to creating stylish essentials that are versatile, high-quality, and affordable.
Elizabeth & Clarke only designs a limited amount of new tees, blouses, sweaters, and tops each season, so they are able to keep the prices very reasonable. Each season, you get to preview the tops and pick your favorites. There are usually three new tops and a few classic styles that return from collection to collection. They also offer an "Unstainable" collection, which is just what it sounds like—crisp, white tops made specifically to resist stains from all sorts of spills (including wine)!
Each season, you can pick the tops you'd like to receive, or leave it up to the folks at Elizabeth & Clarke to decide for you. If a size or style isn't quite right, you can always exchange or return the item. Returns and exchanges are free in the U.S.
The Subscription Box: Elizabeth & Clarke
The Cost: $60 for one shirt, $100 for two shirts ($50 per shirt), or $120 for three shirts ($40 per shirt), which are delivered once a season (once every three months). Shipping, returns, and exchanges are free in the U.S.
Use coupon code CMSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Essential, versatile shirts, sweaters, blouses, and other tops with on-trend silhouettes and detailing (many of which are stain resistant and even machine washable). Available in sizes 00-18.
Ships to: Free shipping, returns, and exchanges in the U.S. Shipping to Canada is $15, and international shipping incurs a $25 shipping surcharge.
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Here's the information that came with my Elizabeth & Clarke Fall 2017 box. My first Elizabeth & Clarke box was filled with crisp white blouses, but this month, color is back on the menu, as are knits! I like that the boundaries of what qualifies as "office wear" are expanding beyond the realm of pencil skirts and blazers. The separates that come in this subscription box are a little less conventional than typical department store blouses, but they aren't so edgy that they'd look out of place in the boardroom. I was really happy with the personality-packed details of the summer box (asymmetrical accents, cute silhouettes, etc.), and I'm excited to try this month's roundup!
I got a Bright Cellars offer, too! Yay wine!
Here's the first "look" I put together with two of the tops in the box. Just as an FYI, I'm usually between a size 6-8 (so, medium, basically) on top and a 36B. I've got relatively broad shoulders and hips to match, which can impact how things fit (especially at the hem). I'm also just 5' 3" if that helps you understand where and how things fall on me.
Sloane Cardigan, Size 6
Let's start with this cardigan. I thought it was interesting that they included a third piece (the fancy fashion word for something that isn't an essential part of the outfit, like a top or pants might be) in the box. This ribbed cardigan has a good amount of stretch to it. It's 80% Viscose and 20% Nylon. It's not the snuggliest sweater, but it's the kind of thing I could toss on during those cold fall days before the office heating system catches up to the weather. I tend to like bigger cardigans that I can cuddle up into, rather than more "tailored" cardigans like this one, but its open cut and angular edges look a bit more professional than a longer, looser cardi might.
Davis Top, Size 6
Here's the look without the cardigan. I think I like it better, though it is a little chillier, haha! This top is made with a water-, oil-, and stain-repellant Ponte de Roma shell and a sweat-proof Cupro lining. The shell fabric is a stiff knit—it reminds me of some types of stretch denim. I dig where the shoulders of this top hit my shoulders. Like, they actually line up. For me, that is super rare. I'm used to tops ending about an inch short of this sweet spot so that my arms feel like they're busting out of the top rather than fitting in comfortably.
I like the waistline it creates, and I really love the diagonally angled peplum pleats! That's such a subtle, somewhat edgy detail. (Very me.) The color is surprisingly flattering, too. I usually shy away from reds, but this fall color seems to have a cooler, brick-like tone rather than a berry pink note. That makes it way more flattering to my skin tone. Love it!
One thing I will say is that this top takes forever to steam. I think that's a nod to just how sturdy the fabric is. But prepare to set aside some serious time with your steamer once you pull this top out of the box, haha!
Florence Sweater, Size 6
Now, this sweater is cuddly! It's a looser knit that's 85% Acrylic and 15% Nylon. It's not super hefty, but it is enough to keep me warm in a cold office. It does feel somewhat slouchy after trying on the other two very structured pieces. But I did notice that the fit changes somewhat when you... dum-dum-da-daaaaaaa!
Unzip the zippers! On one hand, this has a little bit of a loin-cloth vibe to it, but on the other hand, it does help this sweater lay way nicer, especially around the back.
The info card depicts this sweater worn on top of a collared shirt, which I like. I feel like that's an easy way to add some extra polish to this piece. That said, I could also see wearing this with a nice skirt and some kitten heels to amp it up a bit.
Verdict: I was really happy with this Elizabeth & Clarke shipment! It had a distinctly different vibe than the all-white, super crisp collection I got in summer, which I liked. Variety is the spice of life, right? At $40 per piece, this is a slightly pricier investment. But that's the benefit, too—these are investment pieces that are super long lasting. I like that everything seems machine washable, and the stain-resistant part is really nice. The previous pieces I've gotten have also held up beautifully, wash after wash. Long story short, I'm really happy with this subscription so far!
What do you think about these Fall 2017 picks from Elizabeth & Clarke?